Archive for the ‘New Books’ Category
I’ll admit it, I was skeptical when I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. There has just been so much paranormal romance in YA lately that I didn’t think I could stand another same-old-same-old story of forbidden romance amid spooky stuff. And when I read the publisher description, that’s exactly what I thought it would be: “Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.” It’s true that romance comes into play since it has been prophesied that when Blue kisses her true love, he will die. But the real story is all about friendship. Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys Adam, Ronan, and Noah are on a quest to find the long-lost king Glendower and obtain one wish for uncovering his location. After Blue sees Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, revealing to her that Gansey will die within the next year, Blue joins the quest and comes to find out that Raven Boys aren’t as bad as she thought.
So no, this book isn’t really a “paranormal romance”, it’s an exciting adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you from putting the book down even for a minute. It’s also impossible to not love the characters; each of the characters is complex and interesting all on their own, and their friendship is what really makes the story.
I’m cautious about books that are clearly meant to begin a series, since it seems like the second book in many YA series lately is just boring filler, but I think I enjoyed The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle, even more than the first. I won’t say too much since I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, but I think Ronan Lynch may have become my favorite character in the series. I stayed up way way WAY past my bedtime to finish these books, and I guarantee that you won’t be able to put them down either.
I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but trust me, she totally deserves it. After I read Eleanor and Park, I had to rush out and get her newest novel Fangirl pretty much immediately. The main character, Cath, is obsessed with the Simon Snow book series. For years she and her twin sister Wren have built a following online by writing fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz, Simon’s enemy (or something more, in Cath’s mind). But now that they’ve gone off to college, Wren is ready to build her own identity separate from Cath, which means ditching all that fanfic stuff. So now Cath is on her own and dealing with the challenges of college life: having a surly roommate, figuring out where to eat in the cafeteria, getting attention from a couple of charming boys, all while balancing classwork with writing Carry On, Simon.
I love this book not just because it’s well written with lots of witty dialogue and an understanding of what going away to college is really like, but also because I’m a BIG fan of Harry Potter, who has clearly heavily influenced Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell really gets the fandom thing right. If you’re part of the HP fandom, or any fandom really, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.
Every once in awhile I come across a book that I love so much and find so universally appealing that I just can’t help but recommend it to everyone I see. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those books. You might have heard of it because of the controversy surrounding it lately (and just in time for Banned Books Week, of course!). Or maybe you heard of it because of John Green’s glowing review of it in the New York Times. Either way, it’s getting tons of buzz, and for good reason.
Eleanor & Park is set in 1986 and is the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. She gets bullied for being a bigger girl with bright red hair. He’s a kept-to-himself Asian-American who would rather read his comic books and listen to The Smiths than hang out with the cool kids. When Eleanor can’t find a seat on the bus, Park saves her from ridicule and lets her take the seat next to him. At first they don’t speak to each other, but one day Park notices Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder. This new found friendship grows into love over time, turning into one of the most genuine and charming YA love stories that I’ve read. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s witty dialogue and realistic characters, and I guarantee that you will too.
Sad that the Artemis Fowl series is all wrapped up? Luckily Eoin Colfer has started a brand new series called WARP! The first book is called The Reluctant Assassin: “In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever”. Check out the trailer above.
What do you think, Artemis Fowl fans? Will this series be just as much fun?
*book description from publisher
Hmmm, I can’t decide which cover I like better for Libba Bray’s newest hit novel, The Diviners. Here’s the blurb: “Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”
I think I like the original (left) better. The colors pop and I like the city in the background. But then again, I like the shadows in the newer one, it definitely fits in with the lurking vibe of the book. Which one do you like better? Sound off in the comments!
*book description from publisher
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of YA classic Speak and other hits like Wintergirls and Twisted has a new book coming out in January! Titled The Impossible Knife of Memory, the book is about a teen girl whose father has PTSD after fighting in Iraq. January is a long way away, but luckily Entertainment Weekly has provided us with a sneak preview of the novel! Click here to read it. I know I’ll be placing a hold for myself as soon as we order a copy!
New trend in publishing: turn popular books into graphic novels! Here are just a few that you can find at the library. As always, click the title to see if it’s in or to place a hold!
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Clique by Lisi Harrison
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
House of Night by PC and Kristin Cast
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
And you can find the classics in graphic novel format too!
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury